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Woodsy Owl PSA Collection 1965-1985




Woodsy Owl PSA collection, ca. 1965 - ca. 1985. Description from National Archives:
  • "(60 sec.). An animated Woodsy Owl is on stage with other birds who are polluting in different ways. Woodsy sings a song about pollution and tells viewers, "Never be a dirty bird." The curtains close around Woodsy's head and the words give a hoot! don't pollute' are written on it.
  • (60 sec.). An animated Woodsy Owl and several children clean up pollution and graffiti in the forest and city. Images are shown of people riding bicycles instead of driving cars and of Woodsy picking up litter and putting it into a trash can. A song in the background introduces Woodsy Owl as Smokey Bear's friend, the "anti-pollution owl." The words: give a hoot! Don't pollute' appear on the screen at the end.
  • (60 sec.). A costumed Woodsy Owl runs along with a group of children on bicycles singing about "an ugly word: pollution." Some of the children point out that graffiti and loud music are also kinds of pollution. Concluding their song, Woodsy and the children sing, "In the city or in the woods, help keep America looking good." The words: give a hoot! Don't pollute' appear on the screen at the end.
  • (60 sec.). A costumed Woodsy and five children clean up trash at a heavily littered school yard. The words: give a hoot! Don't pollute' appear on the screen at the end.
  • (30 sec.). Woodsy Owl discusses with a group of children that acts of vandalism include damaging trees, breaking windows, carving on picnic tables, painting on rocks, and wrecking street signs. Images of each kind of vandalism appear as Woodsy says them. The words: give a hoot! Don't pollute' appear on the screen at the end.
  • (60 sec.). A family plants a small tree in their front yard. A costumed Woodsy Owl explains that trees help fight air, noise, and sight pollution. The family, Woodsy, and other children sing a song, first in a field, and then around a campfire."
National Archives Identifier: 13463


Producer United States Department of Agriculture. Forest Service
Audio/Visual sound, color
Language English


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